Iconic LEGO themes are about to collide in a brick battle game full of customization, unlockable content and thrilling battles for the whole family. As we prepare to release a new light-hearted action game on PS5 and PS4 on September 2, 2022, the LEGO Brawls development team brings us to the game with exclusive ideas.
There are several distinct features that make LEGO Brawls the first game in this genre. Biggest: LEGO Brawls allows players to create their own, fully customizable fighters. You’ll compete against customizable minifigures and gear sets tailored to your personality, preferences and play style. And you will unlock new content as you play to get even more features.
“Infinity” may be some exaggeration. In fact, we have done the math: there is 77 289 215 065 920 minifigure customization options available at launch to be exact… and that’s not including the 2,737,000 possible custom boot options. In true LEGO style, you can choose any combination of LEGO minifigure faces, skin tones, torso, legs, headgear, melee combat, power-ups, emotes and names to create your own completely unique fighter.
“Minifigure customization is by far my favorite part of the game,” says Dustin Andrew, Senior Software Engineer at Red Games Co., the independent studio that developed and published LEGO Brawls in partnership with LEGO Games. “There are literally trillions of possible crazy combinations. I could spend hours just making up funny brawlers.”
“There are endless wacky combinations that can be created, and it’s fun to see how players express themselves in different ways,” adds Alex Medes, Head of Game Quality Assurance.
Dustin’s favorite brawler: sleazy scoundrel. Trent Burke, the game’s engineer, chooses an old and seasoned super legend who uses any weapon he can find (a wooden plank works just as well as a sword).
What brawler would be complete without personal gear? Power-ups range from light to heavy, and can be anything from chickens to hot dog shooters to a fist-shaped flying rocket.
“My favorite power-up is the Punk Pirate champion unlocked saxophone,” says Alex. “It heals me and nearby allies, and gives them a temporary damage boost.”
“My favorite buff is by far the cactus because it makes you invincible for a short time,” adds Victor Rios, the game’s animator.
Dustin’s favorite? “Give the food truck to Pigsy. It has saved my bacon so many times. This is a super buff with the ability to push players off a point or over a cliff edge. Plus, the endless rain of sausage firepower is just hilarious.”
As soon as you collect your fighter, real chaos will begin.
Epic themed LEGO levels
The levels are centered around LEGO themes, ranging from classics like Castle and Western to IP fan favorites including Jurassic, Ninjago and Monkie Kid, each with different game modes, unique challenges and victory conditions. At the start of a match, all players vote on which theme to play.
“We never wanted different levels to be the same, just different art,” says LEGO Brawls producer Ray Reynolds. “Each level has its own unique hook – anything from level-specific bonuses, different ways to complete or gain control of large characters, to completely different goals and team structure. Some levels have a special twist, like being able to control a T-Rex in Jurassic World, or a mech and Wojira in Ninjago.”
Each level can be played and completed, but over time you will learn the advantages and disadvantages of the individual traits of this level and form your own winning strategies.
“Unlocking new power-ups and weapons is my favorite part of LEGO Brawls,” says Trent. “It’s interesting because there are so many of them, it adds variety and new strategies for each one you get.”
You can fight online, compete with allies and opponents on different platforms, and organize or join private games to party with your friends. An assortment of levels provide different game modes – some are more focused on laid-back teamwork or gathering, while others are more intense individual challenge.
AT Check Point In the game, you team up and compete 4v4 to capture and hold a control point. When your team is alone at a checkpoint, you generate points for your team’s Vict-o-meter. Complete the Vict-o-meter to win.
AT Collection mode, you will be collecting collectibles (such as peaches in the Monkie Kid level or crystals in Blacktron). The first player or team to collect and hold enough items wins.
AT royal brawl, it’s every minifigure for itself. The player who defeats the most opponents in this chaotic turmoil will be the winner.
AT Free For Brawl, the last remaining player wins. In this fast-paced competitive mode, defeating another player will replenish your health, giving you a chance to catch up.
AT Party mode, you can organize private games with friends or join them locally for 4 players or online in a 4v4 match. With cross-platform support, you can invite your team to the party regardless of the platform they play on.
“We wanted to make sure that players could enjoy online brawling with friends or having a competitive couch co-op experience when they were in a room together, as has been the case in many great games in the past,” says Rory Aguilar, Lead Game Engineer. .
You can choose a main theme, which will not only change the look of your home screen, but also allow you to unlock themed collectibles as you play.
Your success in a match affects the number of studs you earn to collect new minifigures and power-ups. (For those less familiar with LEGO jargon, “studs” are the bulges on LEGO bricks that hold each other together. They also serve as a means to unlock new content in the game.)
“Discovery is a combination of predictability and mystery,” says Ray. “You can work on targeted content by choosing a theme, but there’s also an element of surprise when you get bonus unlocks.”
Avid collectors and finishers may decide to complete all content tracks before switching to a new theme, which you can do at any time.
One thing’s for sure: LEGO Brawls is truly a game for everyone – whether you’re a LEGO fan who wants to build up his collection, a real wrestler working his way to the top of the world leaderboard, or a casual gamer who just wants to take down your friends and family with baguette. This is a game that brings people together and it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest that this is what we all need right now.